The day after Christmas.  What an interesting Sunday to try to plan a worship service!  Who’s going to come? How many people are going to come? How long should it last?  These are just a few of the questions that run through the heads of a church staff as they plan for a service on December 26th.

Here at Metro we decided to make the service a review of some of the amazing things the Lord has done in our body this year.  We wove worship in as we testified and had a wonderful time giving God the glory for a wonderful 2010.

I didn’t schedule a full band to play with me, I did an acoustic set.  We had two acoustic guitars, a mandolin, and a djembe.  We had a lot of fun together and made what could have been a throw away service into a memorable one!

Here is our Set list from Sunday:
Beautiful One – Tim Hughes
Desert Song – Brooke Fraser
Look What the Lord Has done-not sure who wrote it, but we did it as bluegrass and had a ton of fun!
None But Jesus – Brooke Fraser
Psalm 126 (You have done great things) – Charlie Hall

What was your experience of the Sunday after Christmas like?  What did you do in your Church?  It is always fun to hear what is happening in other churches.
Blessings,
BOBBY

This has been a part of The Worship Community’s Sunday Setlists.

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It is hard to believe that we are only a little more than a week away from the close of 2010.  I feel like I am just getting used to saying 2010 and now I am going to have to change to 2011.  The year has just flown by!

On Dec 26 at Metro we are taking the service to reflect together on all of the incredible things the Lord has done this year.  It is a time to remember the Lord’s blessings and give Him the glory and praise. It is going to be so much fun.  As we were preparing today for that service it was a little overwhelming to see just how much the Lord has done.  He is SO good!

I want to encourage you to not let the year end without acknowledging what the Lord has done in YOUR life this year. He has been so good to YOU too!

What are some of your highlights from 2010?

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Posted: December 15, 2010 in Uncategorized
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I just read a blog post from The Resurgence.  Great reminder for me this Christmas Season, how about you?  Check it out…

http://theresurgence.com/2010/12/11/your-grandma-was-right-all-things-in-moderation

I have not participated in WorshipCommunity.com’s Sunday Setlists in quite some time.  I keep getting the reminder emails each Sunday but for whatever reason I keep putting it off and then I don’t get to it at all.  As I have blogged about before, I really love Christmas Music and I love the challenge of keeping it fresh each year.  With that in mind, I thought it would participate in Sunday Setlists and share what we have been doing at Metro this season.

Our theme this year is “My Soul Magnifies the Lord”.  This morning Pastor Jim spoke about the Magi and how they magnified the Lord together.  It has been really fun to continue to remind people that this is a time to really worship Jesus for all that He has done.    Here is our setlist from this morning:

My Soul Magnifies the Lord – Chris Tomlin, Glory in The Highest
Magnify The Lord – Bobby Taylor, Ian Wolstenholme
Joy to the World(Unspeakable Joy) – Chris Tomlin, Glory in The Highest
Greatness of Our God – Ingram, Morgan, We do the One Sonic Society arrangement
O Come All Ye Faithful – Chris Tomlin, Glory in The Highest

As you can see, we did quite a few off of the Chris Tomlin Christmas album.  I really enjoy that record and feel like it really gives a fresh perspective on classic Christmas songs.  I also really enjoyed playing an original song this morning.  I thought it came off pretty well.  I went ahead and posted an mp3 of the board recording for you to listen to.  I would love to hear your feedback about it.  I am so proud of our team.  These guys put this music together every week in about an hour on Sunday mornings.  We do not have access to our building for midweek rehearsals so everything we do is before the service.  I am so amazed by what they do!  Hope you enjoy the song.  Blessings!

Click Here to listen to “Magnify the Lord”

Over the past few weeks I have been thinking a lot about Christmas Eve Candlelight Services.  When I was growing up our church always did a candlelight service at 11:00pm.  When I was very young my sister and I would go in our pajamas and usually be asleep before we got home (even though we only lived a block away).  As I grew older this became one of my favorite Christmas traditions.  We would sing some carols, have some special music, have some elements of a live nativity, and have a short message.  We would end the night by receiving communion as families and then ringing our Church Bell at midnight, declaring that is was Christmas Morning.  I have very fond memories of handing out Christmas Cards and receiving them, and ringing in Christmas morning with family and friends.

What are some of your Christmas Eve traditions?  Do you attend a Church Service?  Is it a candlelight service?  I would love to hear your feedback and ideas.

 

I have been playing on worship teams since 1993.  That equals a lot of Christmas seasons and lots of Christmas Carols done in many, many ways.  Over the years I have had conversations with several worship leaders about playing Christmas songs in contemporary worship settings and most of those conversations have not been positive.  It seems  that a lot of worship leaders have a hard time translating some of these old, traditional songs into contemporary versions that fit with full band worship music.  I am not saying that all carols should be turned into rock songs.  There is a lot of power in doing the songs in the way that they were written.  What I am saying is that you can only play “Joy To The World” as a bad blues song so many times before you never ever want to hear it again.  That is the moment that Christmas Music becomes no fun for Worship Leaders.

I LOVE Christmas and I LOVE Christmas music.  As a worship leader, it is one of my favorite times of the year.  I love the challenge of keeping Christmas Carols fresh.  I love the challenge of helping people to engage in true worship with these songs and not just singing them to sing them.  The lyrics are so powerful and well written.  These are incredible WORSHIP songs, not just feel good seasonal favorites.

So, what is the point?  My point is to encourage leaders to accept the challenge that comes with the season.  This is actually a great opportunity for us.  Usually we can only introduce about one new song a month. This time of year all the rules change.  You don’t have to do all of the normal songs that you do, you can play songs that you haven’t played in a year.  You can do a brand new version of “Angels we have heard on high” and treat it as a brand new song, yet everyone already knows the lyrics and the melody.  This is like a Christmas present for worship leaders… Oh, wait, IT IS CHRISTMAS.

There are lots of new resources available to us.  Chris Tomlin’s “Glory in the Highest” is a fantastic new record with lots of classics and some wonderful new congregational worship songs.  Bebo Norman also has a great Christmas record.  He has redone “Angels from the realms of Glory” and titled it “Come and Worship”.  This has got to be my favorite Christmas song and favorite to lead.  Let’s remember that this is a season to truly worship God and what he has done.  Let’s keep that spirit of worship fresh in our Christmas music.

What are your thoughts?
(The picture is just because I thought it was funny.)

BOBBY

This year at Metro our theme for the Christmas season is “My Soul Magnifies The Lord”.  This is a theme that I am particularly excited about.  It relates directly to worship so it should be no surprise that I have a special connection with it.

I was looking at my calendar this afternoon and was slightly overwhelmed by how full it looks from now until Christmas.  I know that mine is not the only one.  It seems that in the business and stress of this time of year we can often forget that Christmas is truly a time to worship!  It is not only to think about Jesus being born and coming to live as a man.  It is a time to worship the fact that God would choose to walk the earth both fully God and fully man, choose to be the ultimate sacrifice, and choose to make a way for you and me to spend eternity with Him.  I can’t help but think of what the Angel said to the shepherds that night Jesus was born.  “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11

I want to encourage you as our schedule fills up to remember that we are celebrating the fact the the Savior of the World has come!  That is truly a reason to worship.  My Soul Magnifies The Lord.